GTU Tech Update: Redmi Note 7 India Launch, Realme 3, Nokia 6 (2019), Vivo Waterdrop Phone and More

This year has started with some innovative smartphone tech like punch-hole display and 48MP rear camera sensor. Within the first month, we have seen interesting news from popular brands. We have covered a few tech news for you that we are calling GTU Tech Update. We are sharing here details like Redmi Note 7 India launch, rumors about Realme 3, Nokia 6 (2019), Vivo’s new Waterdrop phone and more.

Redmi Note 7

Xiaomi launched its latest Redmi Note 7 in China. This is the first phone from new ‘Redmi by Xiaomi’ brand and it comes with a highlight feature that is its 48MP camera. The rear camera is a Samsung GM1 Sensor along with a 5 MP depth sensor. Apart from this, the device has a glass back, 6.3-inch IPS FHD+ notch display, big 4000mah battery, and Snapdragon 660 chipset. The smartphone runs Android Pie 9.0 with MIUI 10.

Redmi Note 7

If we talk about pricing, Xiaomi has once again priced it aggressively. The base variant of the phone is priced around 10k INR and it goes up to 14k. The Redmi Note 7 India launch seems imminent because Xiaomi launches its Redmi Note series in India right after homeland. One more good news with the Redmi Note 7 is that it might come with18 months of warranty.

Nokia 6 2019 model

Nokia 8.1 Plus Credits: /Leaks

HMD Global is also planning to launch its 2019 series of phones with punch-hole display design. A new phone dubbed as Nokia 8.1 Plus surfaced online with the same design. A day later, another tipster leaked Nokia 6 (2019) specs online and it is also said to come with the same design. As for the specs, the new Nokia 6 is expected to pack Snapdragon 632 chipset with up to 6GB RAM, 16MP dual rear camera with ZEISS optics, and OZO Audio etc. The leak suggests that the phone is coming around January end or February start.

Realme 3

Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth recently in an exclusive interview with The Indian Express said that the Realme 3 will be launched sometime in the Q1 2019. He also hinted that the company is also working on a 48MP camera phone. So, it is possible that Realme 3 is coming with the 48MP camera and probably with the Sony 586 sensor. If we talk about specs, it might sport Mediatek Helio P90 chipset, however, he didn’t say anything about the price and specifications.

Vivo Waterdrop phone

Vivo is said to be working on a smartphone with a unique design. According to a leak, Vivo’s upcoming smartphone is code-named “The Waterdrop.” The tipster named Ice Universe shared two partial images of the device on Twitter. The images show the back and side view of the phone and leave so much to the imagination.

Credit: Twitter/Ice Universe

However, the leaked images suggest that this could be a true edge to edge screen phone with all glass body. There might be no physical buttons on this phone. Also, the back and front merge smoothly without any metal frame and antenna bands. The leakster says that the phone is inspired by a cosmic detector from a novel and claims that the phone might feature a never-before-seen design.

Redmi flagship phone with Snapdragon 855

The new brand ‘Redmi by Xiaomi’ is now reportedly planning to launch another Redmi phone. The highlight of this phone will be the flagship Snapdragon 855 SoC chipset. Also, the company is planning to launch it under Rs. 26,000. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun replied to a comment on his Weibo channel that a Redmi device powered by the Snapdragon 855 is making and that will not be a flagship. A GizChina report suggests that the device with the Snapdragon 855 will be priced around CNY 2,500 (Rs. 26,000 approx.). The report seems legit as the company’s Redmi by Xiaomi sub-brand is focused on aggressive pricing.